Pronounced: noss-uh-FOE-bee-uh, noun

Notes: Another phobia!

Yesterday’s word

The word behoof means “advantage; benefit”

First usage

Our word came into English back in the late 1200s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the Old English word behof (profit; need). From the same source, we get the more familiar verb “behoove” (as in it behooves us to be good citizens). I always thought that the expression “it behooves me/us to…” meant that it was something we were supposed to do; something proper or ethical; that is one definition, and it matches the “need” meaning of the source. In addition, it can use the “profit” part of the definition and mean that it is something to our advantage.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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